Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

At Home in Georgian England

Book - 2009
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In this brilliant new work, Amanda Vickery unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who lived there. Writing with her customary wit and verve, she introduces us to men and women from all walks of life: gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion, bachelor clerk and future novelist Anthony Trollope in his dreary London lodgings, genteel spinsters keeping up appearances in two rooms with yellow wallpaper, servants with only a locking box to call their own.

Vickery makes ingenious use of upholsterer's ledgers, burglary trials, and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success, and political representation during the long eighteenth century. Through the spread of formal visiting, the proliferation of affordable ornamental furnishings, the commercial celebration of feminine artistry at home, and the currency of the language of taste, even modest homes turned into arenas of social campaign and exhibition.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780300154535
Branch Call Number: History 942.07 Vic
Alternative Title: At home in Georgian England


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Jul 05, 2011

I love history and reading the in/outs of daily life is really fun. This isn't a easy read but well worth it. Who knew that lodgers would be locked out of the boarding house after curfew, or that the head of the house, a women carried a ring of keys w/ her and was by right allowed to search your rooms? I love this kind of detail!

ser_library Dec 23, 2010

fascinating and scholarly history of domestic life in the long 18th century, particularly of women


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